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Randall S. Newton is Managing Editor of GraphicSpeak. He has been writing about engineering and design technologies for more than 25 years.

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Mixamo launches Fuse universal character creator for Steam

Mixamo launches Fuse universal character creator for Steam

3D characters created in Fuse can be imported into popular Steam games. The active community of game modders using the Steam entertainment platform now have a new way to create 3D characters. Mixamo has released Fuse, new software that takes a mix-and-match approach to 3D character creation for Steam games. Steam is an online entertainment [...]

Nvidia GTC keynote announcements pack a wallop

Nvidia GTC keynote announcements pack a wallop

A new GPU architecture, a new way to increase CPU-GPU data transfer  bandwidth, and a supercomputer in a mobile form factor were among the surprises. Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang loves to get his geek on when he takes the stage every year at Nvidia’s GPU Technology Conference (GTC). He always shows off the latest from [...]

New 3D Systems ProJet 1200 commoditizes precision small parts manufacturing

New 3D Systems ProJet 1200 commoditizes precision small parts manufacturing

Dental and jewelry are the obvious applications, but a precision micro-SLA 3D printer the size of a coffee maker for $4,900 will find a lot of uses. Most of the chatter in the 3D printing world for the last year or so has been about the hobbyist market, but the vendors all know their bread-and-butter [...]

Creative Market acquisition puts Autodesk deeper into Adobe territory

Creative Market acquisition puts Autodesk deeper into Adobe territory

The reseller of “mousemade” creative content for products and services sees its new home in Autodesk as the fastest way to make beautiful graphics design simple and accessible to everyone. A small company specializing in “hand-crafted, mousemade” design content for both digital and physical products has become the most recent Autodesk acquisition in the consumer [...]

Autodesk 2015 Entertainment Creation Suites last for Softimage

Autodesk 2015 Entertainment Creation Suites last for Softimage

The addition of Bifrost to Maya is a bridge to the future for users who will miss Softimage’s extensibility. Autodesk today announces its 2015 update to its Entertainment Creation Suites, with an emphasis on improving everyday tasks. The release is a milestone for two reasons: Maya LT joins the M&E product line — but not [...]

Shotgun embeds Perforce continuous delivery into studio workflow

Shotgun embeds Perforce continuous delivery into studio workflow

The integration brings continuous delivery to game and film artists through integration with leading 3D creation tools. Continuous Delivery is gaining favor in software development as a way for distributed teams to work together on large assets including code, documents, video, images, and more. One of the leading software companies enabling Continuous Delivery is Perforce, [...]

LinceoVR moves product simulation into augmented reality

LinceoVR moves product simulation into augmented reality

Real-time rendering and Microsoft Kinect hooks offer new ways to examine products in Altair HyperWorks. Microsoft’s decision to provide easy third-party access to its Kinect 3D scanner continues to reap benefits years later, far beyond its gaming roots. The latest wrinkle marries augmented reality and product simulation. LinceoVR from Seac02 renders 3D models in real [...]

Southpaw brings its workflow management to Unity game development platform

Southpaw brings its workflow management to Unity game development platform

The larger the project, the more developers need workflow management. The Unity utility is a commercial add-on to the open source Tactic. Unity keeps gaining ground as a game development platform, and as it has grown other content tools find ways to align with it. Now Southpaw Technologies is providing a way to use its [...]

Autodesk modifies Softimage end-of-life terms

Autodesk modifies Softimage end-of-life terms

Access is “indefinite;” license holders can use Softimage as long as they like. Autodesk says it is changing how it manages the end-of-life issues regarding Softimage, its 3D creative modeling software that is being discontinued. In a message posted to the Autodesk support forum today, Autodesk said it will allow users to continue to access Softimage “indefinitely” [...]

Dell introduces new entry-level mobile workstation

Dell introduces new entry-level mobile workstation

Precision M2800 starts at $1199, marking a new low price for mobile workstations. Dell today introduced a new mobile workstation that it claims redefines the category. The Dell Precision M2800 is a 15-inch mobile workstation offering ISV-certified and optimized performance, starting at $1,199. The base price makes it the lowest price available for 15-inch mobile workstations. [...]